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friday's heartbreaking violence in newtown, connecticut, we'll have the there's on continuing developments. we'll then turn to our cover story, which examines americans and faith. seems that for increasing numbers of us now, our permanent beliefs do not involve organized religion. >> reporter: this morning spiritual leaders around the country are faced with trying to explain the inexplicable. while some may seek solace in church, a growing number of americans are finding their faith elsewhere. >> it's less and and less important for people to think of themselves as methodist or baptist. >> reporter: how one of the most religious countrys in the world may be becoming a little less religious. ahead on "sunday morning." >> osgood: some kids byron pitts visited demonstrating amazing pluck, as you will see and hear. >> reporter: it may be an ancient instrument, with a heavenly sound. but in modern day atlanta, jarnl, the harp is about much much more. >> it is about opportunity. we don't expect everybody to become a professional harpist. it's about helping children to become all the
we will be live for you in newtown, connecticut with more from the president. >> peter: there is new information on the shooter his mother and what their relationship tells us about a possible motive. >> brian: i little girl played dead to save her own life. her store tore straight ahead. fox and friends starts right now. >> peter: welcome, folks, it is monday morning and fox and friends. the president was at the innerfaith service in connecticut. the governor said that friday was the hardest, toughest day of his presidency. today it continues with two of the little boys laid to rest. >> brian: if you saw the speech, you could see he was having a tough time. even though he's done it four times it is not easier it is getting harder. he sees his kids in those kids as all of us do. >> gretchen: even if you are not a parent you feel the horribleness. this is a trying day with many more to come. ahead in new ton, the first funerals will be held for the youngest victim. noah posner turned 6 last month. his twin sister escaped. jack pinto may be buried in his jint -- giant jersey. joining u
you had no idea? >> i had no idea. >> reporter: back in newtown, connecticut, the community is shining bright with these. so santa can find his way. lindsay davis, abc news, new york. >> i love that. the 26 lights and also what you're seeing a lot of folks do, talk about, the 26 random acts of kindness. one act in honor of each victim killed inside the school. picking up some steam, you see some stuff in social media about that. also cool, the whole newtown police force gets to be off today and spend christmas with their family because all the other cops from around the state of connecticut said, go home and be with your family. that's so great to hear. they need mental, physical and emotional time off. >> you hear from so many families. they say your priorities change immediately. you don't have a home this holiday. what are you supposed to do? >> as we open our gifts this morning, keep the sandy folks and newtown folks in your head and in your heart today, for sure. >>> also with the holiday message, pope ben tikt xvi expressed his concern. the pope opened that service with a traditi
weeks since the tragedy of sandy hook elementary in connecticut. a teenager in california wrote a poem to express her feelings saying she understood how it could happen and it got her suspended from school. we'll get her reaction coming up >>> we'll also hear from the 29-year-old surfer that used his fists and his board to save his life when a shark kept coming at him again and again. >> scary story. >>> later on, we'll switch gears and look back at the year in pop culture, from the rise of honey boo boo to the unlikely bop lairity of that catchy tune, gang ham style. >> slightly popular, wasn't it? >>> we begin with the race in washington to fist fiscal cliff deadline including a preview of david gr david gregory's exclusive interview. we begin with kristen welker. >> the house is back in session and they could announce a deal as early as this afternoon. many saying this entire episode represents a lack of leadership on both sides of pennsylvania. with less than 48 hours until the tax hikes and spending cuts take effect, florida small business owner, gary simmons, is watching what hap
: the gunman was well-fortified with weapons and ammo. the same model used in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting. tomasz kaczowka and mike chiapperini were killed. spengler killed himself. and late today, human remains were found in spengler's house and suspect they belong to his missing sister. >> microsoft is always the burning question. i'm not sure we'll ever know what was going through his mind. >> reporter: police are investigating whether the death of spengler's mother could help explain the motive for her son's christmas eve shootings. ron mott, nbc news, new york. >>> tonight, billions around the world are gathered with family and friends to celebrate christmas. at the vatican downlotoday, pop benedict called for peace. and today marks the 12th christmas in a row that american troops are serving in afghanistan. more than 66,000 u.s. service members are still there, many of them getting some time to attend church services and celebrate with a proper christmas lunch. >>> back in this country, amid neighborhood celebrations and family gatherings across the country, it's a somber c
much of pennsylvania. during the day, moving into philadelphia, new york city and then into connecticut and boston by the evening. some of this blue in here, as the storm intensifies, that blue indicates some of the heavier snow. when it's all said and done, we're going to see several inches of snow in some spots. but it's going to be a fast-mover. by tomorrow night, this storm really wrapping up. here's a look at some of the totals. now, the big cities anywhere from about 1 to 4 inches of snow. that includes the airports there and with that, we'll see visibilities go down. and that will lead to travel delays at the major airports, cold air is going to be here, natalie, and that's going to linger around throughout much of the week. >> chris warren at the weather channel. thanks so much, chris. >>> the holiday season is bringing heartbreak to some prospective parents here in the u.s. in the process of adopting children from russia. president vladimir putin has signed a new law banning those adoptions, leaving shocked adults and children wondering what will happen next. here is nbc's kerr
strong snowfall through central connecticut and rhode island. new england, you know winters can be long. winter is not officially -- is officially here, we are looking at a slamming start to the season. across the southeast, temperatures are also very cold. we have not warmed up in atlanta. we're at 31 degrees. the moisture coming into the south will come in at a time where temperatures are likely to be milder. we are not looking at snow accumulation in the south if that were to happen, it would be a shutdown around here. >> 31 degrees in atlanta? unbelievable. thank you very much. >>> reading, writing, marksmanship. coming up, we'll look inside classrooms where teachers are learning how to handle guns. >>> and dr. mcdreamy to the rescue? >> who? >> not in the o.r. tv dr. patrick democracy steps in to try to save hundreds of people their jobs. you will be surprised at how he's trying to do this. . because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it
in the next hour. gregg: as residents of newtown, connecticut, still struggle with the school shooting there, the stories of selfless heroism keep pouring in. one woman's emotional story how the elf meant tri tri school's principal helped save her life. heather: bracing for what could be a big strike at some of the biggest ports in america. dock workers could be hitting the picket lines on the east and gulf coast this week. we'll take a closer look what kind of impact that could have on the economy. gregg: mother nature not making it easy for millions of folks rushing to get home for christmas. we're live at the nation's busiest airport. [ roasting firewood ] ♪ many hot dogs are within you. try pepto-bismol to-go, it's the power of pepto, but it fits in your pocket. now tell the world daniel... of pepto-bismol to-go. gregg: a week after the school shooting in newtown, connecticut, and we're still hearing many stories of heroism in the middle of all that violence. we're hearing from a woman that worked as a reading consultant in the elementary school. she said the principal saved her life w
accuweather. >>> then we'll take you to connecticut, where visitors are paying respects to the schoolchildren there and trying to help families struggle with so much grief. >>> also this morning, new inside information about the arsonist and gunman in western new york and his evil plot to kill firefighters. what police discovered, he left behind a note that is just chilling. >>> later this half hour, avoiding costly problems with the brand new electronics you just unwrapped. our technology editor is here with how to get the best use out of all that gear. >> knowing me, when i open one of those, i'm the first to scratch it, drop it, break it. >>> first, we want to get to some of this news. major damage after strong storms swept through the gulf states. at least three people have died, dozens more are injured from texas to georgia. >> and the news could be getting worse. that storm is moving east with strong winds and snow. winter watches and warnings are posted in 21 states, from texas all the way to maine, including blizzard warnings in seven of those states. our coverage begins with abc's br
's nearly 200-year history. >>> a small company in connecticut represents a big part of american history. it makes bells including those used by salvation army ringers. after a fire destroyed the factory, it's owner is fighting to keep a 180-year history alive. >> reporter: with the clang of a bell, the north pole express leaves the station from essex, connecticut and a steam engine, destination, north pole. the trip's highlight? santa. handing each child a tiny keepsake bell. >> it's not too big and not too small. >> it's one of more than 100 varieties made in america since 1832. >> there's no other sound as gorgeous as that sound from our bell. >> the 180-year-old company is behind those vintage good humor truck chimes. salvation army bells. and even the one you can't forget from "it's a wonderful life." >> every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings. last may they fell silent. an apparent lightning strike burned the factory to the ground. >> this is what remains of the last bell maker in america. >> matt bevin is the sixth generation owner. an inferno took down the factory that t
shooting in american history. does the tragedy in connecticut mean the country needs new gun laws? we'll have a fair & balanced look next. so, this board gives me rates for progressive direct and other car insurance companies? yes. but you're progressive, and they're them. yes. but they're here. yes. are you...? there? yes. no. are you them? i'm me. but those rates are for... them. so them are here. yes! you want to run through it again? no, i'm good. you got it? yes. rates for us and them -- now that's progressive. call or click today. jamie: this just in. the u.s. marine veteran who spent four months behind bars in one of mexico most violent prisons is now home. this is my favorite christmas story because jon hammar was jailed in deplorable conditions on a questionable gun charge in mexico. he was taken to a u.s. hospital with flu-like symptoms. just arriving back at his family's home in florida. that is where steve harrigan is live in palmetto bay, florida. steve, what a christmas gift for this family. >> reporter: jamie, it was rashable to see here, four or five minutes ago
held in may but was changed to today in response to the connecticut school shootings nearly two weeks ago. we'll talk about that buyback program with the los angeles antonio villaraigosa in about 45 minutes. >>> do you have the right to know if your neighbor owns a gun? a new york newspaper says yes. it posted the gun permits in new york counties. each red dot represents a person who has a gun permit. police -- people whose names were posted on this site they're not very happy. we did reach out for a statement from the newspaper, it sent us one "the massacre in newtown, connecticut, remains at top-of-mind for many of our readers. our readers are understandably and keenly interested to know about who owns guns in their neighborhoods." joining me to talk about this is job than lowey, legal director for the brady center to prevent gun violence. good morning, jonathan, how are you? >> good morning, carol. >> thanks for joining us. to be clear you are for gun control so everybody knows. so this newspaper who decided to publish the names of people who own gun permits, do you think it should
in connecticut is fresh on everybody's minds. what were your biggest stories of the year? >> it feels so obvious, but i think the presidential election has to be on the list. something that we all followed very, very closely. so much happened. the debates were obviously interesting, covering the convention. it happens once every four years. incredibly consequential. i think it says a lot about what presidential elections will look like. we learned a lot about the changing demographics of this country. >> exactly. looking forward to the inauguration coming up in the new year. i think for all of us, i think around here certainly we've covered superstorm sandy. this was such a tragic event. i mean, a storm like this has not been seen here in this -- for centuries. i think that, you know, obviously the devastating effects that it continues to have on so many areas from the rockaways to new york to connecticut and long island. i was up in the helicopter. seeing that devastation first hand, when you see the scope of it, it's just enormous. >> this year was marked by a lot of tragedy from aurora, bengh
in residential buildings. only connecticut requires them in public and private schools. the atlanta like started in a boiler. >> time to follow connecticut's lead. >> mm-hmm. >>> trader joe's is now recalling thousand of pound of frozen chicken. the store's frozen butter chicken with basmati rice meals may be tainted with listeria. dangerous bacteria. more than 4,000 pound may be at risk. look for 12 1/2 ounce boxes with you see on the screen 30512. make sure you return it for a refund. >>> and 'tis the season to trim the trees and heed to the fire dangers we can face. firefighters in des moines showed how quickly your christmas tree and your entire home can go up in flames. the demonstration shows what could happen itch a live tree is not watered every single day. i am a big fan of the plastic trees. i don't tend to have this problem, but you like live trees. >> i like live trees. >> you have to water them every day. >> i water them every other day. >> because you're on fire. >> didn't notice that. >> instead of girl on fire. boy on fire. >> looks like willis' apartment. we'll be back with more
independently across the colonies in connecticut and new york and pennsylvania and south carolina. and sam adams became the chief letter writer and political strategist and the story is told that a neighbor that had walked by his apartment at his house at 2:00 in the morning with see the light in his study up there and know that his pan was going scribble scroll trying to lead towards independence but sam adams really was, and of course he came along and did some remarkable things and even defended his wonderful biography and the british soldiers in the boston massacre because he believed that it was right a man of action and sam adams a man of principle. it was said of him she was the living embodiment of the principal. >> when my question is about the founding fathers. if you could go the way to pick one to go to the bar with which one would you go with and why? >> i will be honest with you. i think sam adams would be as important as he was because he didn't talk about anything but he believed in. i think i would probably pick somebody like cizik that had been he essentially a buccaneer, someb
moved up by the tragedy in connecticut. >> i always thought they should have something like it anyway. regardless of what happens, too bad we wait for something like that to happen to decide to get rid of the pistols and the guns and rifles. >> too many people get killed with guns, small guns, rifles, handguns or any kind of gun. i am here to help get rid of the guns i have. >> an york papers drawn controversy for publishing a list of the names and addresses of every single registered gun permit holder in its readership area. westchester county's "the journal news" ran the feature in the aftermath of the newtown school massacre, calling it a public service to inform the public of who may own guns in their community. the map is filled with thousands of dots that to be clicked to display a permit holder's name and address. its publication has set off a debate on privacy of public safety in a country where guns are rampant and legal. an nbc news anchor is under investigation in washington, d.c. after dispelling an ammunition magazine on a weekly show "meet the press." nbc news host david
't supposed to have any weapons. one was a semiautomatic rifle similar to the one used in the connecticut school massacre. >>> a $100 million lawsuit is brewing in connecticut following the horrific school shooting. attorney irwin pinski represents a 6-year-old girl who he says has been traumatized by the killings. he wants to sue the state for failing to protect students from foreseeable harm. the state has inutrient against most lawsuits -- immunity against most lawsuits unless permission to sue is granted. >>> the six men arrested in the gang rape of a woman in india two weeks ago are charged with murder following her death. the victim, a 23-year-old medical student, died today at a hospital in singapore where she had been taken for treatment by specialists. security has been tightened in new delhi where thousands of protesters have been demanding greater protection for women in sexual violence. >>> george h.w. bush is still in intensive care at a hospital in houston. family spokesman jim mcgrath says the 88-year-old former president is improving. his conversations with doctors and nur
faiths gathered with residents of newtown, connecticut, for interfaith vigils today. two weeks after the shooting, they gathered outside in the cold to pray for hope, peace, and healing for the family and friends of the victims. >>> new york state police arrested a former neighbor of william spengler, the man who ambushed and killed two firefighters as they battled a blaze he's suspected of setting. authorities traced the serial numbers on two guns to dawn nguyen. she is now in federal custody. >>> and a scary rescue on lake erie. a dog wandered off on a walk and fell through the ice. the rescue crews responded. the dog whose name is bart was cold, but he didn't appear to be seriously hurt. >> isha, you're going to want to stick around for this because i know you're going to be with anderson and kathy griffin in times square on new year's eve. i hope you're ready. they're teaming up for their sixth year running, as you know, and we can all agree they have a special chemistry. here's a preview. >> you could say that. >> i said to cnn months ago, i said, look, i want the most famous wo
tomorrow. >> my father is 87. he's in connecticut. nursing home. he is a world war ii vet, u.s. navy, and helped raise four great kids. at least my brothers are great. i was with him this weekend in connecticut. to see the world war ii generation, many of them struggling with health problems and my father as well, just wanted to say happy birthday. thanks for doing that. >> steve: god bless you and god bless him. you just saved $5 on a hallmark card. >> yeah. don't worry, dad. i'm not going to send you one of those e-mail cards. we have the real one in the mail. >> steve: there is a song when you open it up. >> my kids play those and they go through all the pharmacies and go through all the cards. it's a symphony of cards when my kids are in the pharmacy. >> gretchen: thanks for honoring your guys because they're the most important things in our lives. >> they are. we'll miss them when they're not here. >> gretchen: thanks. well, there is a right to life plate, not getting the license to drive. they were ruled unconstitutional because the other side can't have its say. >> eric: then
to all the people in newtown, connecticut. this was an horrific series of events. second of all, the major problem that i have as a geneticist is that it's impossible to gain much information with the sample size of one. so what you are looking at is one person's dna, and you're trying to say that it's different than other people. but you only have a sample size of one. >> would it be helpful, do you think, to look at the dna of other shooters of those from previous mass shootings? >> well, again, the problem is, we have probably less than five or even ten people that we're talking about. when studies -- accurate genetic studies are done on a whole population, we look for hundreds of different people, and you have to show a strong correlation with that. and the second problem would be what are we trying to look for? i mean, we're going -- the whole idea is you're going in with the notion of looking for something. and that is simply not the way science is done. science is done where you go in expecting things to be the same. we have a hypothesis. and then you try to disprove or p
to new gun laws in the aftermath of the killings in newtown, connecticut. the ceo went on "meet the press" to defend his call for armed guards in every american school, but here's what a couple of front pages said about wane laperriere. one called him a gun nut and another one headlined with the crazy heest man on earth. laperriere he is not backing down. watch. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. i'll tell you what the american people -- i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. >> there are several lawmakers who are promising to introduce new gun control legislation, and the president formed a new team to come up with ways to limit assault weapons. >>> an idaho senator is apologizing after he was charged with driving under the investment. they arrested senator michael crapo early yesterday after he ran a red light. he failed several field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol level was .110 well above the legal leg legal limit. he's due in court january 4th. >>> just check out the scene
and connecticut including rhode island could see over six inches of snow so keep that in mind you guys. patti ann: maria mow lean a thanks. gregg: the fiscal cliff is not the only threat facing the u.s. economy right now. shipments of all kinds could actually be stuck on cargo ships if a longshoreman strike goes ahead as planned. the stakes for the recovery coming up. patti ann: high noon in those fiscal cliff negotiations. >> nothing have move forward in regards to our budget crisis unless speaker boehner and mitch mcconnell will go forward with our plan. speaker boehner is willing to negotiate, we have not heard a word from mitch mcconnell, and nothing is hang. patti ann: chris vanhollen joins us next. pwhrafp [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie soup and it's so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. . patti ann: fox news alert, potentially good news for the nation's housing market
: maryland and connecticut are the only two states that require carbon monoxide detectors in schools. and maryland only requires them in new schools. in texas, they have to be installed in certain day-care centers. and only 25 states require them in residential buildings. the boiler at the atlanta grade school was last checked a year ago, which isn't making parents feel any better. for "good morning america," steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. >> this is leading to a move lots of schools are examining the question of whether they need to be installing these. >> real wake-up call there. >>> switch gears now. play some music right here. ♪ you're a mean one, mr. grinch ♪ that is because a man was indicating on tape stealing christmas decorations from front lawns. abc's rob nelson has the story. >> reporter: judging from this surveillance video, this grinch not only stole christmas, he let the air out of it. >> we headed out for work, we noticed that the inflatables were missing. >> reporter: san antonio police say this man stole an inflatable sled and snowman from a front yard as su
from new york, new jersey and connecticut alone say they will need closer to 82 billion to fix their states. >>> we don't know their names, but a couple from a phoenix suburb has presented the second winning ticket from last month's massive powerball drawing. the couple came forward now because they were concerned about, guess what, the looming fiscal cliff. they will take home 192 million bucks before taxes, and the plan is to use the money to start a foundation and support their favorite charities. >>> more people out of work, and another recession. you want to know what's at the bottom of that fiscal cliff, well, there you have it. many say that what's going to happen if something isn't done soon, but guess what? alice rivlin has a plan. she's a senior fellow at the brookings institution and served as director of the white house office of management and budget, the omb, under president clinton. alice, good morning. >> good morning. >> nice to have you here on the show this morning. you're saying that it's too late for the lame duck congress to pass legislation to fix all the
and connecticut were the hardest hit. they're also home to some of the biggest names in music. >> i was here during the storm. it was scary. >> to witness my city and the tri-state area really going through something where nobody could control it. >> this was just complete and entire buildings washed away into the sea. >> reporter: 121212, the concert for sandy relief at madison square garden is being called one of the biggest music events of all time. >> we called bruce springsteen and paul mccartney and they said yes immediately. >> reporter: the last time producers managed to bring this many big names together, it was after 9/11. ♪ i've seen the lights go out on broadway ♪ >> reporter: 121212 has already raise third degree $2 million in sponsorship before a single note has been played. >> rolling stone, who, kanye west alicia keys eric clapton, and other surprise guests. it's the greatest concert of all time. >> reporter: 121212 will be broadcast to an estimated 200 million homes in 190 countries worldwide via tv and radio streaming. >> i don't think there's e
, connecticut, and florida and stand your ground. we need to realize that gun violence is inclusive of people of many different racial and economic backgrounds, and that we have a shared incentive in this country to link the tragedies that we are seeing, and to begin to question gun laws on a larger, systemic level. >> and margaret, c, that is wha feels like a sensational story like newtown that deserved every moment of coverage that it got, but include all of the missing pieces. >> le me start at a quick place and come right back to that point. when you talk about the modern media, and remember edward r. murrow in the harvest of shame, and he made a documentary saying look at what happened with the farm workers in this country, and it was the segregated people who said no to segregation and forced the major media to come in. media has always been part of the fight for social justice. this is nothing new. i think that we do have to link the stories, and one of the things that happens is that this horrible thing that happened in newtown, but people forget the hundreds of young people who are k
sales. as you might realize, it's spurred on by the school massacre in newtown, connecticut, killed 20 children and 6 adults. murdered his mother and killed himself. speaking yesterday on "meet the press," the president says something has to fundamentally change in this country. that newtown shootings cannot feel like what he called a routine episode. >> that was the worst day of my presidency, and it's not something that i want to see repeated. >> vice president joe biden is leading a task force that will submit legislative proposals to the president in january. >>> also, happy new year, new zealand. auckland. and the start of 2013 with the fireworks display from sky tower, tallest free standing structure in the southern hemisphere. >> and as auckland rings in the new year, preparation under way in times square. heart of new york city, coming up next. >> and more from washington for you. >> my message to all of washington for the new year is to set partisanship aside, working on behalf of 100% of the voters, fix this mess you have gotten us into, bring a balanced budget and-to-grow th
, the fiscal cliff, newtown, connecticut, what happened up there, that's the gem feeling overall. jcpenney, they've had promotions walking away from it every day, low discount price story. oppenheimer noted discount racks had been cleared and the traffic seems to have improved in that store. maybe that change in their philosophy has helped them out. that's a note that was out on oppenheimer today. bottom line here, guys, is i think we are seeing some movement with some companies to deal with some of these retail sales issues. you'll see a lot of pressure on margins. david, i think you mentioned this, about what was going on with inflows and outflows from equity mutual funds. it's true we're continuing to get outflows from equity mutual funds. that's certainly been disappointing. we had it going through up until last week. the end of last week, it was reported the first outflows from treasuries. more specifically, from general bond funds. that's the first time we've seen this in a very, very long time. all right, it was a very small number, something on the order of $1 billion or something
their home in stanford, connecticut. we talked to her about six months ago at an extraordinarily difficult time in her life. we're going to catch back up with her and see how she's been doing over these last six months and how she is looking toward the future. >> must be a hard time of year for her. we look forward to catching up with her. >>> on a much different note, ann curry has traveled to middle earth to get a fantastic interview with the one, the only peter jackson. a rare interview with him. he's going to show us revolutionary ways he's bringing the hobbit to life. >>> and whether you've noticed it, a lot of advertisements now seem to be targeting men. they call it the mansumer. even some for diapers and all those things people used to call women's work. madison avenue catching up with changes that have already happened in the home. we'll talk about that coming up. >> all right. before we get to all that, let's get inside. natalie? >> good morning again, matt, savannah, and al. president obama and house speaker john boehner could be off to a fresh start in their efforts to avoid th
will be spending more time in school now. colorado, connecticut, massachusetts, new york, and tennessee will add 300 hours of class time for some schools starting next year. this is going to be a three-year pilot program. the aim is to make kids more successful in class and make schools more competitive globally. it's paid for with a mix of federal, state and district funds. >> steve: meanwhile, one of america areas most notorious serial killers may have solved more cold cases. cops in illinois plan to use john wayne gacy's blood to possibly link his dna to other murders. they also want to use dna samples from other killers executed before dna analysis became standard practice and hope to share the results with police departments across the country to help solve cold cases. >> brian: petra is on wednesday of. i just found out. shock surge in the number of stolen tax refunds because of identity theft and even worse, many of them aren't being investigated by the irs! the government accountability office says there were more than 641,000 cases of tax fraud involving i.d. theft as of september 30. t
and connecticut are teaming up to request almost $83 billion in federal help. >>> also on capitol hill, the senate has just passed its version of a defense bill. it's a $631 billion measure. it calls for a quicker withdrawal of u.s. troops from afghanistan and tougher sanctions on iran. it would also give military personnel a 1.7% raise. that vote was 98-0. unanimous. the senate and house must work out a compromise. >>> now we turn to egypt where tv stations are expected to go dark today in protest over the president's recent power grab. tensions are still simmering as thousands of demonstrators have taken their anger back to tahrir square. abc's alex marquardt reports. >> reporter: they came by the tens of thousands, hurling stones, pulling down barricades, riot police fired volumes of tear gas and retreated. as the masses grew, president mohammed morsi left the palace. ever since the revolution that captivated the world, egypt has struggled on the road to democracy. two weeks ago president morsi gave himself unchecked powers he says to put egypt on a democratic path. there was outrage on tahrir
, the hurricane sandy, the track dpi in connecticut, people had a lot on their minds this season. this weekend was a key weekend. i think it helped. i didn't see promotions being extra promotional. but it's a push till the end. >> okay, so winners and losers? >> i think some of the winners, i think you're going to see companies like tjx, macy's. i think american eagle outfitters, even gap had a very good season, along with michael kors. >> losers? >> i think you had a tough time at jcpenney. i think the traffic was tough there all the time. i think kohl's had to be extra promotional in order to be able to drive the sales. and the whole children's sector was very promotional. from gymboree to children's place. >> so, dana, jason trennert from strat eegous. how are you doing? >> good, how are you, jason? >> good. normally retail stocks outperform in january, because i think that phenomenon that andrew was talking about is that there's a general sense that christmas gifts canceled at a certain point and then it comes back at the end and then you wind up having a big january and the stocks tend to
, connecticut. good morning. caller: good morning. i was calling to mention low- quality food and the cost of health care, but you covered well. do you think it would be more beneficial if they start doing a local farming program where they could start growing vegetables? maybe have some land with tiles and chickens, and local people could work on the farming areas and return the food to the communities as opposed to being so reliant on high-salt diets, the foods we would coin as having a long shelf life, leaving it on the shelf for six months without going bad? has the government been able to look into those programs, considering the finances involved in the program as a whole? host: thank you. a related topic -- the availability of this fresh produce is a big distraction for many. guest: there are some programs that speak directly to the point, one our farms-to-school programs, directed to help know where food is coming from and getting fresher food into the schools. in addition, we talk about the wic program, which focuses on healthier food, and foodwic packages have revised to focus mo
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